Saturday, April 28, 2012
I do have some photos of the progress on the new house to share, but haven't had time to do anything with them yet. So because it's a cold, rainy, windy day and I have a few minutes before chores beckon, I wanted to share a few photos I've been messing about with using some of PhotoBucket's new photo editing tools. Molly's sepia-toned Airstream photo and Barbara's frequent (and fantastic) frolics with photo editing were my inspiration, along with my favorite photos from this week's ABC Wednesday post...
This was my first attempt with the new editing tools.
I kept the effects minimal because:
as a later model car ('62 Caddy) I didn't want it over-aged;
I didn't want the effects to distract from the classic fin;
I made this one for Molly, a fan of minimalism & simplicity;
and I didn't quite know yet what I was doing. LOL
I loved making this one look splattered in motor oil!
Since this '41 Pontiac reminds me of a gangster car,
I wanted this one to look like an old fragment of film.
I love the Pontiac's look, so had it been my car when it was new,
I'd have proudly displayed its snapshot in a photo album!
While I was out walking the dogs Thursday evening, our friends Darren and Marisa, whom we've known for years, rode past on their bicycles. Turns out they were on their way home - right around the corner from the house we're renting! That was a fun discovery in and of itself, but now I also know whom to ask about the old defunct service station a half a block from both our houses where all these old cars are decomposing! I still think it's a pin-striping shop, but have yet to see anyone or any activity there - and we walk and bike past there frequently.
In other automotive news, a few of you may recall our black 2007 Ford Five Hundred that replaced our 1975 Ford Bronco as BW's commuter car. Purchased on St. Patrick's Day 2010, we named her "Fiona." When we sold our house last October, we traded Fiona in on a 2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. A couple weeks ago, I saw a black Ford Five Hundred drive past our house and park at the curb a couple houses up the street. It had temp tags on it, and BW and wondered if it might be Fiona. We finally got a chance to confirm our suspicion last week when we saw the telltale dimple on the front passenger door (my bad!) This is a small town, but it's not THAT small! Pretty funny that Fiona now lives two doors away! Hopefully she doesn't hold a Christine-like grudge. ;-)
- INFERNO ~ Dan Brown
- MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD & EVIL ~ John Berendt
- MY NOTORIOUS LIFE: A NOVEL ~ Kate Manning
- ONE SUMMER: AMERICA, 1927 ~ Bill Bryson
- QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING ~ Susan Cain
- THE BEAUTIFUL CIGAR GIRL ~ Daniel Stashower
- THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY ~ Erik Larson
- THE SHADOWS, KITH AND KIN ~ Joe R. Lansdale
- THE TIPPING POINT ~ Malcolm Gladwell
There is still strong in our society the belief
that animals and the natural world have value
only insofar as they can be converted into revenue.
That nature is a commodity.
And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.
There are many of us, on the other hand,
who believe that animals and the natural world
have value by virtue of being alive.
That Nature is a community to which we belong
and to which we owe our lives.
And that the deeper American dream is one of unlimited compassion.
~John Robbins, "The Food Revolution"